Revised Date: New Brigden School Closure Community Consultation |
Revised Date: New Brigden School Closure Community Consultation
At a Special Board Meeting held on May 5, 2021, the Board of Trustees postponed the community consultation process until the next school year pertaining to the notice of motion for the closure of New Brigden School (meeting notes can be found below). While the goal will be to host the community consultation in-person, this will be dependent on COVID-19 health restrictions.
Link to the information package related to the Notice of Motion to close New Brigden School (posted April 29): Click here to read the package
Meeting Date: August 30, 2021
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Meeting Format: TBA (meeting format will be required to comply with COVID-19 pandemic health restrictions)
Following the public consultation meeting, members of the public will also have the opportunity to provide written submissions to the board for consideration and apply to make an in-person presentation.
A final decision regarding the notice of motion for closure of New Brigden School will come forward to the board at the October 5, 2021, public board meeting.
Special Board Meeting Notes – May 5, 2021
1. Reconsideration of the Procedure Related to the Consideration of the New Brigden School Closure of Notice of Motion
Trustee Lois Bedwell presented a motion in support of delaying the Notice of Motion procedure for the closure of New Brigden School until the fall. The board had initially brought forward the notice of motion on April 13, 2021, with a community consultation meeting planned for May 13, 2021.
Moved by L. Bedwell to delay the procedure for consideration of New Brigden School closure to the 2021-22 school year, with the public consultation meeting occurring on Monday August 30, 2021 and a decision to be made by the Board at a Regular Board meeting on Tuesday October 5, 2021. Furthermore, the delay of the procedure will mean the following conditions to New Brigden School:
• The school will remain open for the full 2021-22 school year.
• The computer lab portable will be closed off and shut down for the 2021-22 school year.
• All necessary maintenance, to ensure the school is safe for staff and students, will be completed for the school to be operational for the 2021-22 school year.
The board voted 7-0 in favour of the motion suggesting it would be beneficial for parents, students, staff and the community to wait until COVID-19 public health restrictions are eased or lifted. This could also result in the board being able to meet face to face with community members, instead of having to host the meeting online. It was also noted that it has been an overwhelming year due to the pandemic, so delaying the process would help alleviate some of the added pressures on families and Prairie Rose staff.